Equipment in a Vauxhall Vectra police car recently claimed that it reached nearly 160 mph. The top of the range V6 3.2 litre Elite model would muster in the order of 210 bhp and be good for about 140 mph. Pushing the car that extra 20 mph faster would need at least another 100 bhp I come to one of two conclusions. Either tax payer’s money is spent on massive vehicle modifications to police vehicles which would include transmission and brake upgrades to handle the extra power – or perhaps the equipment in the police car over-read by 15%.
Now that some police forces are operating a ‘no leeway’ policy to maximise returns from speed traps, may we hope that their equipment has been thoroughly calibrated so that the innocent are not penalised.